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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Ms. Beck
Speech - Liberty Jr. High
and Martino Jr. High
lbeck@nlsd122.org

About Me...  

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Hello!   My name is Linda Beck.  I am the speech-language pathologist at Martino and Liberty Jr. High Schools.   I absolutely LOVE being a speech-language pathologist.   This is my 16th year with the New Lenox School District.   Most of my years have been spent dedicated to the Jr. High School population.  I also worked at Bentley for 9 years, including 2 years in the Communication Development classroom.  My number one priority is to help your child achieve their goals and objectives so that they can be more independent, experience success, and find JOY at school.  I can relate to many of the students on my caseload.   I was born with cerebral palsy.   As a result,  I was enrolled in special education classes for several years before I was allowed to attend general education classes in my home school with my friends.  I believe my background gives me special insight as to what it is like to be a kid and need to receive special education services.   I was extremely fortunate to have parents who treated me like everyone else and had very high expectations of me.    They didn't allow me to use my disability as an excuse to say that I couldn't accomplish something.  I do my best to pass along that "Can Do" attitude to everyone I work with.  I am very passionate about helping my students achieve their speech-language goals and become active members in their community!

Quick Facts...

 

Years Teaching:

16

Favorite Book:

Non Fiction - The Bible   
Fiction - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite Thing About Teaching:

Helping my students learn strategies to become more independent!

Graduated From:

St. Xavier University in Chicago - Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa - B.A. in Broadcast Communications

Hobbies:

Teaching at church, reading, baking,/cooking, exercising, spending time with friends